Grief is a normal and natural response to loss. It is originally an unlearned feeling process. Keeping grief inside increases your pain.
A friend of mine passed away recently and I will be attending his funeral in a few days. Not something I want to do. When I received the text that he had passed, my first reaction was to look out the window at the sky, as if I thought that, that is where he is now, somewhere “up” there with his Creator. Later, when I received the information about his funeral, I thought going would only make me really sad. But now I think that maybe I don’t want to go to the funeral because that would make his death really real. If I believe he has gone back to his Creator I could use my belief to sooth my soul. Death is, I believe, Life’s Ultimate Truth. I will attend the funeral and share this loss that his family and other friends are also experiencing. Especially his family.